Washington wolf

Wolves in Ferry County, Wash., have attacked 19 cattle since September.

A wolfpack in northeast Washington has killed two calves and a cow in Ferry County this month, bringing the number of attacks on cattle by the pack since early September to 19.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday afternoon that it had confirmed the depredations by the Old Profanity Territory pack. Fish and Wildlife shot two pack members in September and planned to remove the pack's last two wolves, but were unsuccessful.

The department blamed the dense forest canopy for being unable to eliminate the pack from a helicopter over two weeks. The department did not announce Friday whether it planned to restart the operation.

Fish and Wildlife said a Ferry County sheriff's wildlife deputy told it about the dead livestock on U.S. Forest Service land Jan. 4. The producer found the carcasses while looking for cow-calf pairs that were missing at the end of grazing season.


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